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Final Determinations in the Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations on Imports of Bottle-Grade Polyethylene Terephthalate Resin from India, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Thailand
On March 15, 2005, the
Department of Commerce (the Department) announced its final determinations
in the above-referenced investigations. In the antidumping investigations,
we found that Indian, Indonesian, and Thai producers/exporters
sold Bottle-Grade Polyethylene Terephthalate (BG
PET) Resin from India, Indonesia, and Thailand in the U.S. market at less
than fair value, with margins ranging from 21.05 to 52.54 percent for
India, 0.00 to 27.61 percent for Indonesia, and 24.83 to 41.28 percent
for Thailand. For Taiwan, we calculated a de minimis dumping
margin of 0.10 percent, and have determined that producers/exporters have
not sold BG PET Resin in the U.S. market at less than fair value. Therefore,
we have terminated the antidumping investigation on imports from Taiwan.
In the countervailing
duty investigations, we
countervailable subsidies were provided to producers/exporters of BG PET
Resin from India, with net subsidy rates ranging from 6.15 percent to
20.26 percent, but found that subsidies provided to Thai producers/exporters
were de minimis (less than two percent) and have therefore terminated
the countervailing duty investigation on imports from Thailand.
United States International Trade Commission (ITC) is currently scheduled
to announce its final injury determinations
on or before April 28. If the ITC makes an affirmative final determinations
that imports of BG
PET Resin from
any of the investigated countries are materially injuring, or threatening
material injury to, the domestic industry, the Department will issue antidumping
and countervailing duty orders and will instruct U.S. Customs and Border
Protection to collect cash deposits on imports of subject merchandise.
If the ITC makes negative injury determinations, the investigations will
be terminated and no orders will be issued. Because of the Department’s
negative determinations in the countervailing duty investigation on imports
from Thailand and in the antidumping investigation on imports from Taiwan,
the ITC will not make injury determinations for these investigations.
requesting these investigations was filed on March
24, 2004, by the
United States PET Resin Producers Coalition,
an ad hoc association of domestic producers of BG PET Resin. Individual
members of the coalition include: DAK Americas, LLC (PA);
Nan Ya Plastics Corporation America (SC); Voridian (TN); and Wellman,
The merchandise covered by these investigations is BG PET Resin. BG PET
Resin is commonly used to manufacture bottles, sheet, and strapping, whose
applications include packaging for consumer goods such as soft drinks,
water, juice, fresh fruit, as well as cosmetics and household cleaners.
The scope includes
BG PET Resin that contains various additives introduced in the manufacturing
process. The scope of the investigations does not include post-consumer
recycled or post-industrial recycled PET Resin, waste and scrap PET Resin,
and fiber-grade PET Resin. Additional information on the scope of the
investigations may be found in the Department’s Notice of Final
Determination, to be published in the Federal Register.
The merchandise subject to these investigations is properly classified under subheading 3907.60.0010 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS); however, merchandise classified under HTSUS subheading 3907.60.0050 that otherwise meets the written description of the scope is also subject to these investigations. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the merchandise under investigation is dispositive.
Final Dumping Margins::
Final Countervailing Net Subsidy Rates:
* The ITC will not make final determinations with respect to the antidumping duty investigation of Taiwan and the countervailing duty investigation of Thailand since the respondents received de minimis dumping margin in the final determination, in the case of Taiwan, and de minimis net subsidy rates in the final determination, in the case of Thailand.
** This will take place only in the event of a final affirmative determination from the International Trade Commission.
Source: U.S. ITC Trade DataWeb for HTS 3907.60.0010. (Note: merchandise classified under HTSUS subheading 3907.60.0050 that otherwise meets the written description of the scope is also subject to these investigations).
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